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3 Yoga tips to Cool Off this Summer

Yoga 4 U – Mindful movements for body and soul

yogaCool off this summer with yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. Stay focused, healthy and happy with some simple practices. Summer time means different things for different people. A time to holiday, hit the beach, and relax. However you view summer, one thing is constant: it’s hot; really, really warm and muggy.

#1: The secret is in your breath – Sheetali Pranayama

breath1. Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upward towards the center of the tongue.

2. Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose.

Repeat five to 10 times and voila you’ll find your body temperature cooling down.

pranayam#2 Sheetkari Pranayama

Lots of people find that Sheetkari helps to quench thirst. It also helps to cool the body. But of course it’s not a

substitute for water and hence please keep hydrated for sure.

1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb.

2. Exhale completely through the left nostril and then breathe in through the left nostril.

3. Close the left nostril with your little ring finger and exhale through the right.

shavasana #3 Relax with Shavasana – After a long day, do not forget to unwind in the evening Lie down in Shavasana near a wall – with your feet touching the wall. Raise your legs and rest your feet on the wall. After holding the posture for a minute or two, bring the legs down and rest in Shavasana. This yoga pose is refreshing and restorative. Since the heart is pumping out more blood, when the temperature is high, this yoga pose helps the heart by returning more blood back to the heart.

Caution: Those with high blood pressure and back problems should avoid this yoga posture. An easier alternative to this yoga pose is to pile up some pillows and rest your feet on them.

These are some of the practices which have been loved by our readers. We’d love to hear about how you use yoga to cool during the summer

We hope you enjoyed reading these simple yet effective means of enriching our lives. If you have any experiences  or simple home remedies to share, any useful and/or favourite yoga poses please share those with us.

It’s all in a nutshell …sweetheart!

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Nuts are underrated as nutritious snacks — and this is because people are afraid of the fat and calories in nuts, or they find plain nuts boring. Many weight-conscious people shudder at the idea of nuts as part of a healthy diet. Well, the key to including the great taste of nuts in a healthy diet without overdoing the fat and calories is portion control. Excess of everything is bad – isn’t it? A handful of them particularly raw tree nuts, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, and more have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health, weight control, and even a lower cancer risk. a small handful can pack your diet with filling protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, and important vitamins and minerals. Here’s how a handful of the following commonly found nuts can provide health benefits.

walnuts 1. Walnuts: Inflammation Fighters: In addition to containing the most antioxidants of all nuts, which help protect your body from the cellular damage that contributes to heart disease, cancer, and premature aging, walnuts are also the richest in omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation. They’re an especially great way to get these healthy unsaturated fats. A walnut snack may also turn around a bad day during that time of the month: The manganese they contain may reduce PMS symptoms.

almond 2. Almonds: good for the gut and weight loss: Almonds contain the most fiber — about three grams per ounce — compared to other nuts, and are richest in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. A high fiber diet is the secret to losing weight. So almonds may even help you slip into those skinny jeans! Research shows that almonds are especially healthy for people worried about their blood sugar. 

pistachio 3. Pistachios: The Skinniest Nut: Pistachios are the most slimming nuts, with less than four calories each. Their shells make them especially dieting-friendly. Eating them in the shell automatically slows down your pace so the snack lasts longer and you eat less overall. University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers found that eating two ounces of pistachios daily may reduce lung cancer risk. Pistachios are rich in the antioxidant gamma-tocopherol, a form of cancer-fighting vitamin E.

hazelnuts 4. Hazelnuts: More Than Just Coffee Flavoring: An all-around healthy nut, hazelnuts are notable for their high levels of monounsaturated fats, which can improve cardiovascular health and help to manage type 2 diabetes. They’re also rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which may prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, maintain healthy skin, and reduce risk of dementia.

Beat the Heat and Stay Healthy during summer

Long bright sunny days are the best thing after the chilly winters. Flowers are in full bloom around this time and everything looks beautiful and colorful around. It’s summer time once again! But this extreme heat can affect anyone, including the young and the healthy. So the best way to beat the heat is…to plan and make your summer the best and healthiest one. Here are some ways that are simple but useful to stay healthy and happy this summer.

1. Stay hydrated – this one certainly tops the list. This is because though it’s a simple tip, yet oft forgotten one. Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages like buttermilk, fruit juices or sattu. One of my favourites – give your diet a berry boost by having just a cup of berries (blueberries, strawberries) a day. They’ll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich. A big bonus: consuming lots of liquid and water helps prevent heat stroke which is a severe heat fever during summers.

2. Take up an outdoor activity. This one may sound strange as more often we are told to avoid strenuous outdoor activities. But in my opinion it is best to continue with those; albeit in the cooler parts of the day. For eg – an outdoor walk early morning (after all its really chilly and dark in winters) or how about a swim in the pool to stay cool and activeJ?

3. Be good to your eyes and skin – Now all outdoor activities can be enjoyed if we take some small precautions for our skin, body and eyes. Simple loose fitting cotton clothing that is light in color so as not to retain any heat is preferred. Applying sun screens is great for the skin to protect it from Sun’s UV rays. Pep up that cool look with some dashing hat and sunglasses and you are already a fashionista!!

4. Don’t forget to sleep well – Just because its vacation time for kids we often tend to stay up late during nights. But actually its best to avoid this urge and instead sleep well at the regular bed time. That ways our wakeup schedule is not hampered and we wake up fresh as a lily on a bright sunny morningJ.One small tip avoid alcoholic beverages in general during summers and have atleast 3-4 hours before bedtime.

5. Its vacation time so make the most of it- This one is as much for parents (working or otherwise) as it is for kids. Planning for kid’s summer time and camps is a great idea – but how about implementing it for us too? Most kids are off school during summers and hence take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. This is a good time to actually set aside sometime as the “me time” and follow a routine. After all a healthy mind rests in a healthy body only.

There they are: Five super simple ways to boost our health this summer. Try one or try them all because they are so simple and easy and to top it all – following this avoids heat strokes during summer.